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GBA Team Goes to London as Global CFA Finalist

Gabelli School Moves up in Businessweek

GBA team members joined NYSSA Board Vice Chairman Mark Ukrainskyj, CFA, and Robert Fuest, GBA ’08, team adviser, at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square on March 27 to ring the closing bell.

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GBA Team Goes to London as Global CFA Finalist

After beating out 18 other university teams to get to the “final four,” students from the Graduate School of Business Administration (GBA) won the New York Regional Final of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Institute Research Challenge. Ken Boswell, Paul Kearney, Jonathan LaSala, and Elaine Lou headed to London this month for the Global Final to compete against teams from the Asia-Pacific region, Europe, and North America.

The New York Society of Security Analysts hosted the regional competition at Bloomberg Headquarters on March 4. Competing against Montclair State, Pace, and Seton Hall universities, the GBA team boiled down complex data on Microsoft Corp. into a 10-page research brief and a buy/sell/hold recommendation.
Students put their GBA skills to the test in a forum where industry experts could evaluate their report and 10-minute slide presentation, and ask follow-up questions.

“It was a daunting process for our dedicated students; their social life has been pretty much nil,” said Robert J. Fuest, GBA ‘08, adjunct professor of finance in the Schools of Business and the team’s faculty adviser.

Team mentor Mike Kiernan, GBA ’93, joined Fuest in coaching the students, as did several other faculty and business professionals. The training began in earnest last August and the constant drilling was not unlike preparing for an athletic competition.

Students also read dozens of reports on Microsoft, banked 40 hours of interviews, and received more than 200 survey responses.
“A lot their understanding came from the surveys,” said Fuest. “I think their findings were valid.” 

— Tom Stoelker


Gabelli School Moves up in Businessweek

The Gabelli School of Business rose nine places to No. 40 in Bloomberg Businessweek’s annual rankings of U.S. undergraduate business schools — a jump of nine places from 2012.

Donna Rapaccioli, Ph.D., dean of Gabelli, said the ranking is a welcome recognition of the school’s strengths, which have long been known to its alumni, students, and faculty.

Backed by the dean’s strategic plan, the school has set and begun to meet goals in four areas: academic innovation, global education, personal and professional development, and teaching quality. The school’s integrated core curriculum, which focuses on hands-on learning and real-world experience, has been developed to extend throughout all four years. A more robust personal and professional development program is supplementing the work of Fordham’s career services office, offering guidance specific to business students.

The school is also expanding opportunities to study abroad and offering more scholarships to help students get there.

“This is an acknowledgement of the quality of our program and our people,” Rapaccioli said, adding that “no one number can capture all the ways we educate our students.”

— Nicole Gesualdo



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